A kitten thrown from a moving car in freeway traffic on Interstate Route 5 in Salem, Oregon has been helped by many after being rescued by a couple who saw him in the road. An appeal for donations to help with the kitten’s surgery for a broken femur raised the needed amount and more in just a day.
Edmond’s rescuers had to make a split second decision when they saw him hitting the road: catch up to the vehicle whose occupants threw him into the road and get a tag number to make a report, or quickly go to the kitten’s aid before he was killed by passing cars. The rescuers, a couple known as Betty and Roger, chose to save the life of the little cat.
Edmond ended up in the care of Salem Friends of Felines and is getting his medical treatment at Willamette Valley Animal Hospital in Keizer.
He is doing well after surgery and is expected to make a good recovery.
Here is Edmond’s story.
Volunteer Heather Clark of Salem Friends of Felines in Salem, OR wrote at Edmond’s Christmas Wish fundraising page at YouCaring.com,saying:
At only 5 months of age this sweet baby was heartlessly thrown from a moving car on the I-5 freeway. Thankfully a caring couple on their way to the airport found him and a wonderful rescuer friend was contacted and able to go get him and take him to our vet. it is now up to us to raise the funds so that he can get the surgery he so desperatly needs.
Salem Friends of Felines is a non-profit, no kill organization, we can only help these kitties with donations from the local community and what we are able to raise through these special campaigns.
Tonight baby Edmond is working on being able to regain use of his tail and letting his digestive system settle out from the trauma he has endured. Once he is more stable he will need FHO surgery in order to have a chance at living a normal life. The FHO or Femoral Head Ostectomy is is a surgical procedure that removes the head and neck (the ball of the ball and socket joint) from the femur. FHO surgery is performed to alleviate pain. It is a salvage procedure, reserved for condition where pain can not be alleviated in any other way. It is common in veterinary surgery. Animals who have had FHO surgery are required to maintain a lower weight throughout their lives to compensate for the loss of skeletal integrity, and typically have excellent functional outcomes with appropriate physical therapy
Once this sweet boy is on the path to healing he will need to find a forever family (hopefully local to Salem, Oregon) that will show him the care, love and compassion he wasn’t given when he was thrown away like trash on a busy freeway.
Also it seems that Edmond is a Poly-Dactyl on all four feet!!! What a special kitty he is going to be for some lucky family.
Any funds left over from his surgery and treatment will be saved to put towards another kitty that comes to us in dire need of medical help.
The YouCaring fundraiser for Edmond has raised $1,380, surpassing its $900 goal. The additional funds are helping a cat named Iris.
Edmond got his surgery on December 18. He is recovering well.
Salem Friends of Felines at Facebook
A story at OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) gives more detail: See Good Samaritans Rescue Kitten Tossed From Moving Car
A December 19 news report from KPIC TV includes an update on Edmond and his surgery:
Heather Clark wrote at Facebook yesterday: “We are getting a lot of requests to adopt this sweet kitty. I know it’s because he is in the spotlight, but we have so many others sitting here in his shadow that have their own heartbreaking stories. They too deserve a forever home.
“I encourage everyone that has been touched by Edmond’s story to take that feeling of wanting to help by adopting him to take a look at all of our other kitties that have been sitting her for days and months with no one wanting to adopt them.”
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Unconditional help and service to save a life…this shows humanity still exists. Betty and Roger, hats off & God bless to all involved, directly and indirectly in this mission